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Doctor Who?

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Sehin Assefa-McNeil

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Doctor Who
The story of a madman in a box, and his journey through time and space.
Background Information
Doctor Who is a British sci-fi television show, that originally aired on BBC on November 23, 1963 (a day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated). The shows follows the Doctor, a Time Lord - a time traveling, human-like alien - from the planet Gallifrey, and his adventures through time and space in his spaceship called that TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) that is disguised as a police box. He almost always travels around with a companion, this companion can either be human or alien. The Doctor and his companions also face a series of foes; the Doctor’s greatest enemy is the Daleks, a brutal, alien species of cyborgs that’s main goal is to rid the universe of anything un-Dalek.
November 23, 1963
The first episode of Doctor Who, called An Unearthly Child, premieres. Starring William Hartnell as the first ever Doctor.

November 5, 1966:
Hartnell steps down from his role of playing the Doctor after three years and three seasons. Patrick Troughton takes on the role of the second Doctor.
February 11, 1967:
The Monster era has commenced! The Doctor battles the Daleks in the Victorian era, Cybermen on the Moon, Macra, the Yeti in the London Underground, and Ice Warriors.
January 3, 1970:
Jon Pertwee takes on the role of the third Doctor, furthermore, he’s in color!

December 10, 1973:
William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton join Jon Pertwee in the 10th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. This episode is the first to feature earlier incarnations of the Doctor in an episode.
January 5, 1974:
A new, and one of the most popular companions, Sarah Jane Smith (portrayed by Elisabeth Sladen) joins Jon Pertwee on his last year as the Doctor.
January 4, 1975:
A new Doctor arrives, making a statement in a long multicolored, striped scarf, which will later become his trademark accessory. Tom Baker embraces the role of the fourth Doctor with a completely new look, that is bound to turn a few heads.
March 1, 1981:
The Doctor regenerates and a weary Tom Baker is replaced by a fresh-faced Peter Davison, one of the youngest actors to ever play the Doctor.
November 25, 1983:
The Doctor Who 20th anniversary episode is aired. Patrick Troughton, Tom Baker, and Richard Hurndall (substituting William Hartnell, who died in 1975) join Peter Davison in a battle between the Doctor and some of his archenemies, including the Daleks and the Cybermen.
March 8, 1984:
Colin Baker makes an appearance as the new Doctor in the last seconds of the episode, The Caves of Androzani. The sixth Doctor dresses in brightly colored clothing and carries with him an umbrella in the shape of a question mark. The sixth Doctor is known for his bipolar tendencies and egotistical comments.
September 6, 1986:
After an 18-month hiatus, Doctor Who is back. But the BBC show little excitement for the show’s return and cut episode time down to 25 minutes.
September 7, 1987:
Sylvester McCoy is cast to play the seventh Doctor, but with low ratings the show is cancelled on December 6, 1989.
May 27, 1996:
Guess who’s back, the Doctor! Doctor Who returns to screens, but as a television movie. Paul McGann is cast as the role of the ninth Doctor.
March 26, 2005:
Doctor Who finally returns, with Christopher Eccleston, as the ninth Doctor, and Billie Piper, as Rose Tyler, to play the Doctor’s companion. Eccleston quickly departs from the show after less than a year, but David Tennant immediately takes on the role of the 10th Doctor.
December 25, 2009:
David Tennant exits the show, leaving new-comer, Matt Smith, to take on the role of being the Doctor. Matt Smith enters the cast, becoming the youngest actor to ever play the Doctor at just 29 years old. Steven Moffat takes over the position of Russell T. Davies.
November 23, 2013:
The anticipated Doctor Who 50th anniversary is finally here! David Tennant and John Hurt (the War Doctor) make appearances as well as past reincarnations of the Doctor. Peter Capaldi makes a cameo towards the end of the episode, hinting his role as the next Doctor.
They call him the Doctor
Doctor Who?

He travels through space and time with you
He comes from a place called Gallifrey
It is a planet many light years away

The show started in 63’
No one knew what a success it would be
It started out as a programme for children
Who knew it would capture the attention of millions

Eleven different faces the Doctor has had
Fighting the evil and the bad
The Daleks scream “EX-TERMINATE!”
But the Doctor will never terminate
Something old, Something new, something borrowed, something blue
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

I had a lot of trouble on deciding what my repetend would be. I thought of putting a quote from one of the Doctors on my artifacts, but thought it was too simple and boring. Then, I thought of putting the Doctor on every artifact (as a different reincarnation of course), but there were so many Doctor’s to choose from, I couldn’t just pick five. Finally, I went back to my original idea of the TARDIS as my repetend. The TARDIS is iconic to the show, plus it has symbolic meaning to the show. Wherever the TARDIS is, the Doctor follows. The whooshing sound the TARDIS brings hope because it means “the Doctor is here to help”. I also thought to include a descriptional quote of the TARDIS, on the TARDIS. The quote goes,”Something old, something new, something borrowed, something new”, which is an old English rhyme for a wedding tradition. I think the quote sums up the show’s history though. The show is old, but always being made anew with each regeneration of the Doctor. The writers are constantly borrowing ideas from previous writers of the show in order to keep the show interesting. Obviously the TARDIS is blue, always has, and always will be. Once I had my repetend, I started to place them on my artifacts in clever areas. Making them like easter eggs in Disney movies. I wanted my repetend to be discrete, but rememberable.

The show is obviously science fiction, but in the earlier series of the show, the show was meant to be educational. So, for my artifacts I decided to do some artifacts from the fiction genre and some from the non-fiction genre. One of the artifacts that I did from the fictional genre was a fanfiction. Fanfiction is fiction written by a fan of a television series, movie, book, etc., that includes characters from said setting. I thought writing a fanfiction would show the effect that Doctor Who had on pop-culture. Fanfiction has become such a huge part of pop-culture. It litters the pages of Tumblr blogs, has its own subcategory on creative writing websites like Wattpad, and some stories are even being published as books. It made sense to write a fanfiction about Doctor Who. One artifact that I did from the non-fiction genre was a timeline. The timeline displayed 50 years of the show’s history, dating back to the first episode, all the way to the 50th anniversary episode. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. The timeline was meant to give background information on the show for people who had never seen or heard of the show, so that they at least had some understanding of the show.

I realized, through research and creating my artifacts, that Doctor Who was a lot bigger than what I had originally thought. In the UK, Christmas isn’t Christmas without the Doctor Who Christmas special. Even people who don’t watch the show on a daily basis will sit down on Christmas and watch the Christmas special. In America, conventions are held for the show, such as Comic Con. It amazed me how important Doctor Who still is, even though it’s such an old TV show. It also amazed me how one TV show, that was shot down at the beginning, could have such a large impact on the world of science fiction and pop-culture.
Sehin Assefa-McNeil
Table of Contents:
1. Dear Reader Letter
2. Timeline
3. Poem
4. Interview
5. Fanfiction
6. 11 Reasons Why
7. Anntotated Bibliography
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
June 3, 2014
Dear Reader,

I present my multi-genre research project on one of my absolute, favorite shows, Doctor Who. At first I was really passionate about the life and death of Marie Antoinette. I was certain that she would be the subject of my research project. Plus at the time we were learning about the French Revolution in social studies, and she was mentioned a few times. On the day that we were supposed to commit to our topic, I suddenly remembered Doctor Who and became enthralled with the topic. Of course, I had a little background knowledge on the topic because I, myself, am a fan of the show. I knew some of the history, and even watched some of the episodes from the classic series on Netflix, but I wanted to know what effect the show had on pop-culture and science fiction. The show has been broadcasting for 50 years, it must of had some sort of effect on society and the world of science fiction.

I first started watching Doctor Who in 2012, I heard a Youtuber, named Charlie McDonnell, talking about his obsession with the show two years prior, but thought nothing of it. One day I flipping through the channels, when BBC America came on. I knew about the channel since Top Gear would always be on it, and my dad liked to watch Top Gear. That day, Doctor Who was on (I think there was a Doctor Who marathon), and from the moment I started watching it, I knew it would become my favorite show. From there, I became obsessed with the show. I started to look up the show on Wikipedia, look up actors that have been on the show, and even started to listen to the soundtrack of the show. As my obsession with the show grew, my knowledge of the show grew with it. Being able to do Doctor Who as my research topic let me showcase my prior knowledge of the show, and learn even more things about the show that I didn’t know before.

I chose a Prezi to present my project because I was inspired by a quote from the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. He said,”People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.” This quote makes it seem as if time is like a ball of yarn; it doesn’t follow a linear path, if anything, it would look like a bunch of scribbles on paper. By presenting my project in a Prezi, I thought it would be easier to display this wibbly-wobbly path. In a Prezi, the creator gets to edit the path in which the presentation flows, it’s not presented in a linear fashion. The creator can make a path that jumps around or sashays side to side, the possibilities are endless; kind of like the Doctor, jumping around through space and time on his crazy adventures. If I wanted to do this project to the best of my abilities, I knew I had to incorporate the show into every aspect of the project. Even if it was incorporated in the way the project would be presented. Once I decided to do a Prezi, the next thing I had to decide was what my repetend to be.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
1. Demonstrates the good in people: The show highlights the best qualities of humanity, such as hope, intelligence, kindness, and curiosity.

2. The quotes: There are always deep quotes and life lessons to be learned from the show. Example: “I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes, and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” - The Doctor (aka David Tennant)

3. Episode plots: The episodes are always creative and the possibilities are endless...literally! The show can take place anywhere in time and space because of the design of the story. Anything can happen! Dinosaurs on spaceships, evil snowmen in Victorian London, and even statues that can zap you back in time, in the blink of an eye (don’t blink!)

4. Eternal Youth?: Cast members are always coming and going in order to keep the show interesting. The show’s ability to change with the times has made it the longest running show on television.

5. The Christmas special: Christmas isn’t Christmas without a Doctor Who Christmas special.

6. The monster: The show always has new and terrifying monsters, but nothing can be scarier than a good old-fashioned Dalek or Weeping Angel episode.

7. Bowties are cool: Each Doctor adds their own personal touch to their look. Whether it be sporting a bowtie, wearing Converse, or even a bright red fez.

8. Make real connections: Doctor Who allows people around the world to come together. Anyone who likes Doctor Who is bound to make a friend because the fandom/community is so big.

9. The companions: Doctor Who isn’t Doctor Who without the companions. Everyone has their favorite companion(s) that they get attached to.

10. TARDIS: Without the TARDIS, the Doctor and his companions would not be able to go on their adventures. Plus, the TARDIS has become an iconic symbol of the show. Everyone who’s ever seen the show will remember the blue police box.

11. The Doctor: Everybody loves the Doctor. He is what makes the show Doctor Who, without him there would be no show. But like every other thing, all good things must come to an end, and the Doctor is no exception.
11 Reasons to Watch Doctor Who
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
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